Facts about Pancakes

As Uncle Lumpy excitedly awaits Pancake Day, he thought he would share these interesting little-known facts about pancakes with ya’ll!

  • In the US, Pancake Day is commonly known as Mardi Gras; which means ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French! – be sure to stuff your belly with some delicious pancakes!
  • For years people have been taking part in pancake races, in fact one crazy pancake fan ran a marathon while continually tossing a pancake for three hours, two minutes and 27 seconds – Uncle Lumpy thinks he’d like to train for that by eatin’ summore pancakes
  • The world record for pancake tossing is 416 times, in two minutes
  • The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445!
  • The world’s biggest pancake was cooked in Rochdale (Greater Manchester) in 1994, which was 15 metres in diameter, weighted three tonnes and an estimated two million calories – Uncle Lumpy says, “just pour some maple syrup on that there pancake and i’ll have ’em finished in no time!”
  • In 2005, celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, set the world record for the highest pancake toss at 329cm
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    Pancake Appreciation around the Globe!

  • German and French pancakes are leavened by eggs and much beating, are baked very thin and served with sweet or savoury fillings
  • Pancake Tuesday – is known as ‘Fasnacht’ in Germany (night of the fast)
  • The French crêpe is thin and crispy – a crêpe suzette is folded or rolled and heated in a sauce of butter, sugar, citrus juice, and liqueur. The French are also partial to savoury pancakes!
  • Old English batter was mixed with ale
  • Russian blinis, usually prepared with buckwheat, are thin, crisp pancakes, commonly served with caviar and sour cream or folded over and filled with cream cheese or jam.
  • Mexico has its tortilla, which is often served folded over a bean or meat filling and topped by tomato sauce.
  • American pancakes are thicker. They are sometimes called battercakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks and are usually leavened with baking powder or baking soda and served with syrup.
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